Health officials worry as untraceable virus clusters emerge

In South Korea, Singapore and Iran, clusters of infections are leading to a jump in cases of the new viral illness outside China. But it’s not the numbers that are worrying experts: It’s that increasingly they can’t trace where the clusters started. World Health Organization officials said China’s crackdown on parts of the country bought time for the rest of […]

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Are E-Cigs Making Teens Dependent on Nicotine?

Teens with symptoms of e-cigarette dependence are more likely to continue vaping and more often. Dependence symptoms for tobacco products include strong cravings to use, difficulty quitting, feeling addicted, and withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability or difficulty concentrating. Teens who reported at least one e-cigarette dependence symptom during the first survey in 12th grade were more likely to still be […]

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Dermatopathologists Favor Making Pathologic Reports Available

FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2020 — Most dermatopathologists perceive that making pathologic test result reports available to patients is a good idea, although they are concerned about increasing patient worry and confusion, according to a study published online Jan. 29 in JAMA Dermatology. Hannah Shucard, from the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues examined dermatopathologists’ experiences and perceptions of patient […]

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Height limits for ‘blade runners’ baseless, new study suggests

Before hitting the track to compete in an officially sanctioned race, some elite Paralympic sprinters must do something most runners would find incredibly unsettling: remove their legs and swap them out with ones that make them shorter. The unusual mandate results from a recent International Paralympic Committee rule change that lowered the Maximum Allowable Standing Height (MASH) for double, below-the-knee […]

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Scientists discover new antibiotic that kills superbugs

Hope for the fight against superbugs? Scientists discover ‘one of the most powerful antibiotics’ that kills infections resistant to ALL other drugs MIT scientists used an AI to identify one new compound out of more than 6,000 that showed promise against antibiotic-resistant drugs  The compound, which they named halicin, killed four different bacteria that are resistant to all other know […]

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Want to live longer? Stay in school, study suggests

Life expectancy in the United States has been in decline for the first time in decades, and public health officials have identified a litany of potential causes, including inaccessible health care, rising drug addiction and rates of mental health disorders, and socio-economic factors. But disentangling these variables and assessing their relative impact has been difficult. Now, a multi-institution study led […]

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